Canada's Military shapes Coverage of Deployments
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Date Written: 18/07/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22786
A look at the Canadian military's influence over news coverage. The article outlines the great lengths the military goes to shape information covering its missions, including the recent deployment to Mali.
At the end of June Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance brought journalists with him on a visit to Mali. They toured the facilities in Gao where an advance team was preparing for Canada's UN deployment to the African nation. An Ottawa Citizen headline described Vance's trip as part of an effort at "selling the public on the Mali mission."
The tour for journalists was followed by a "technical briefing" on the deployment for media in Ottawa. "No photography, video or audio recording for broadcast purposes" was allowed at last week's press event, according to the advisory. Reporters were to attribute information to "a senior government" official. But, the rules were different at a concurrent departure ceremony in Trenton. "Canadian Armed Forces personnel deploying to Mali are permitted to give interviews and have their faces shown in imagery", noted the military's release.